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Killarney film’s incredible success

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SUCCESS: Killarney film 'Tradition' has won an award and secured an Aer Lingus and worldwide distribution deal.

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By Michelle Crean

A film made entirely in Killarney has not only won ‘Best Film’ at this year's Wexford Film Festival - but will feature as an Aer Lingus inflight movie – and has secured a US company for worldwide distribution.

‘Tradition', written, produced and directed by Damian O’Callaghan of OC Productions, depicts District Court Judge Seamus Moynihan, on his last day in court, who finds himself presiding over the most controversial case his court, and his town, has ever seen.

‘Tradition’ was also written by Claire Corrigan and stars Paul Ronan, father of Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, Pascal Scott, James Daly, Laura Reidy and the late Brendan Grace. Filming was carried out in JM Reidy’s on Main Street, Murphy’s Bar and Cronin’s Restaurant on College Street.

It had its Irish premiere as the gala opening film at the 2018 Kerry Film Festival and its USA premiere at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in February of this year.
Damian O'Callaghan, who has lived in Killarney for the past 21 years working as a jarvey, this week told the Killarney Advertiser that everyone involved in the production is thrilled with the accolade.

“We were delighted with the Best Film Award at the Wexford Film Festival,” Damian said.
“It is a testament to all the hard work that everyone has done on this project. We also recently signed a contract with Aer Lingus to screen it as their inflight entertainment programme and signed with a US distribution company for worldwide distribution. This is very positive for everyone as it really show cases Killarney's amazing scenery and hopefully attract outside film-makers to come here.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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